Shaun Ricker is an American professional wrestler signed with WWE. He is best known for his work as Eli Drake in Impact and LA Knight in WWE. He is a former Impact and Tag Team Champion. Ricker was brought up to SmackDown in 2022 where he was renamed under his current name - Max Dupri.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (2003-2015)
In 2003, Ricker began his professional wrestling career on the independent circuit. He worked for several known promotions, such as CWFH, DDT Pro Wrestling, NOAH, EFW, and NWA. In 2013, Ricker had a small run in WWE before leaving in 2014.
In 2015, Ricker made his TNA debut as Eli Drake. Soon, he joined The Rising against their feud with The Beat Down Club. After The Rising disbanded, Drake entered the World Title Series and lost. In 2016, he feuded with Grado and lost. In May, he cashed in his contract and won the TNA King of the Mountain Championship.
After losing the title, he won the Bound for Glory Gold. Drake feuded with EC3 after losing to Eddie Edwards and lost. In 2017, Drake won a 20-man gauntlet match to win the Impact Championship. After 146 days, Drake lost the title to Austin Aries.
Drake feuded with Aries for the title and lost. In March, he won the feast or fired briefcase. At Redemption, Drake and Scott Steiner won the TNA World Tag Team Championship from LAX. In his final days, he had various feuds before being fired from the company.
In 2019, he signed with NWA and teamed up with James Storm. At NWA Hard Times, they won the NWA World Tag Team Championship. After dropping the titles, Drake left the company in 2021.
In 2021, he signed with WWE and began working for NXT. On NXT, they renamed him to LA Knight and feuded with Cameron Grimes. At TakeOver In Your House, he defeated Cameron Grimes in a ladder match to win the Million Dollar Championship. At TakeOver 36, he lost the title to Grimes.
After the launch of NXT 2.0, he lost to Bron Breakker. At WarGames, he joined Team Black and Gold and lost. In 2022, he feuded with Grayson Waller. At NXT Roadblock, Waller defeated Knight in a last man standing match. At Stand and Deliver, Gunther defeated L.A Knight.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|CPW Tag Team Championship||1|
|CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Championship||1|
|NWA Heritage Tag Team Championship||2|
|Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship||1|
|EWF Heavyweight Championship||1|
|HWA Television Championship||1|
|NWA World Tag Team Championship||1|
|Impact World Championship||1|
|Impact World Tag Team Championship||1|
|TNA King of the Mountain Championship||1|
|Million Dollar Championship||1|